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December 1, 2012

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Macy's national bus tour stops in NT for Make-A-Wish kids

Tonawanda News — Santa Claus couldn’t confirm that he brought the snowy weather to Western New York on Friday on his way into North Tonawanda.

But he didn’t deny it, either.

“We’re just trying to help everyone get into the Christmas spirit,” he said with a smile and a wink, pausing for a moment before moving on the next child — and the next Christmas list — in the room.

On Friday, the Macy’s National Bus Tour rolled into Wendelville Fire Company in North Tonawanda, with the jolly ol’ man himself taking the time to meet with a group of Make-A-Wish children and their families before continuing on to the Macy’s store at the Walden Galleria Mall in Cheektowaga for a public appearance.

Mary Moore of Make-A-Wish Foundation of Western New York said that 17 local families, all of which have had wishes granted in the past, attended the event, which was held at the fire company due to the organization’s prior involvement with the group.

Chief Shawn Christman said that Wendelville, among others, helped grant a boy’s wish to be a fireman for a day last year.

“When they called again, we just couldn’t say no,” he said. “We had such a blast the last time. It’s one of the days we just get to have fun.”

The Fisher family, Elizabeth, Michael, Lily, 5, and Charlotte, 2 months, of Amherst, settled at a table to wait for Santa while Lily worked on her Christmas list. 

(”I would like a toy train and My Little Pony.”)

Lily, who had a brain tumor removed in September 2010, received her wish of a princess playhouse in May.

“They’re a super organization,” Michael said.

Iwona Maxick sat with her daughters, Adelina, 6, and Eliana, 3, of Lackawanna as the girls busily wrote and drew their Christmas lists. Adelina was diagnosed with Wilms tumor, a type of kidney cancer, in December 2009. Through Make-A-Wish, the family was able to visit Walt Disney World earlier this year.

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